SAP HANA Cloud: What’s New (and Changed) – System Information

In the upcoming days and weeks, we will be publishing new tutorial videos about what’s new and changed for SAP HANA Cloud. The focus of this series is on system administration with SAP HANA cockpit.

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Getting Started

In a previous post, we already introduced SAP HANA Cloud and listed some resources where to find additional information. If you are completely new to HANA Cloud, you might want to browse this blog first

If you want to follow along with this tutorial, you will need a HANA Cloud instance up and running.  Philip MUGGLESTONE shows how in his video tutorial series

Alternatively, you can follow the steps from the blog post by Maxime Simon

Getting Started


Video Tutorial

TLDR? Here is the video.

SAP HANA Cloud: System Information


System Information

System Information is one of the cards on the System Overview page of the SAP HANA cockpit. It shows the SAP HANA version, installation time stamp, operating system, and installed plugins, if any.

System Information (card)

When selected it opens the System Information view, listing additional information about the system, installation history, and installed plugins.

System Information (view)

System Information is documented in the SAP HANA Cockpit guide for SAP HANA Cloud.

SAP HANA Cockpit

SAP HANA cockpit is provided as a service on the SAP Cloud Platform and the cards and views of the SAP HANA cockpit are not specific to SAP HANA Cloud. They show the same information when connected to the SAP Cloud Platform, SAP HANA Service. This maybe coincidence but currently the version of both cockpits is also the same.

SAP HANA Cockpit – System Overview

Although this may change, currently the SAP HANA cockpit service is very similar to the one available for the SAP HANA platform (or express) edition, except that in-the-cloud we are on SP 12 while the latest version available for download from Software Downloads on the SAP ONE Support Launchpad is 2.0 SP 11. Cloud-first.

As a consequence, not all System Information displayed by Cockpit-as-a-service appears as relevant for a database service like operating system information (OS version and OS kernel version) or hardware manufacturer (<unknown>). Nevertheless, it is interesting to note that HANA Cloud runs on the latest SLES 15 SP1 while the HANA Service still runs on SLES 12 SP2 from 2016.


The SAP HANA version listed in System Information is 4.00 (plus patch release), Cloud Edition 2020.08.00. As we are in March, you might have guessed that 08 does not represent the month but a version number.

After the SAP HANA 2.0 SPS 03 release in 2018, development was cloud-first. New features were released first for the service and later for on-premise as SPS. For this reason, the SAP HANA Service in the Cloud Foundry environment continued as version 2.0 (currently 2.00.46, Cloud Edition 2019.13.10). For the SAP HANA Service release notes, see

For the complete story about HANA in the cloud, see

Exit XS (and Studio)

The System Information card for SAP HANA cockpit on-premise systems shows the version of XS Advanced (XSA). SAP HANA Cloud (and Service) do not include built-in XSA as the SAP Cloud Platform provides Cloud Foundry. How this all works is extensively documented but for a quick briefing see the original blog posts

The initial implementation of SAP HANA XS was deprecated in 2018, to be “removed from later versions of SAP HANA”

SAP HANA Cloud does not include XS (classic) nor is the HANA repository and the _SYS_REPO user and associated schemas (_SYS_BIC, _SYS_XS, etc.). Using SAP HANA studio was already no longer supported for the SAP HANA Service (Cloud Foundry).


System Information also lists installed plug-ins. A standard SAP HANA system does not include any but you can install plug-ins using the SAP HANA database lifecycle manager (HDBLCM) tool. With HDBLCM we not only update the database but also install software (files). Examples are Application Function Libraries (AFL) like PAL (Predictive Analysis Library), APL (Automated Predictive Library), and EML (External Machine Learning Library) or the EPM-MDS (Enterprise Performance Management Multidimensional Services) which is required for several SAP (BusinessObjects) analytics applications to connect directly to SAP HANA information models using the Information Access (InA) service.

Plug-ins are not listed as options when we create an instance, so we can only use standard features. For the SAP HANA Service, AFL, PAL, APL, and EPM-MDS plugins were included. for SAP HANA Cloud only PAL is listed (planned but not yet available).


Database Explorer

The latest version of the SAP HANA database explorer for SAP HANA cockpit (full name) includes an Overview tab that also lists System (General) Information.

SAP HANA Database Explorer

With CATALOG READ permission, we can also run the standard information scripts included with the Statement Library of the database explorer. The script Database Information, for example, runs a SELECT statement against the system monitoring view M_DATABASE which returns the same information as displayed on the System Information card. Other views, like M_HOST_* may also be of interest.

SAP HANA Database Explorer – Statement Library

However, as mentioned, SAP HANA cockpit and database explorer, as-a-service, are not specific to SAP HANA Cloud, so not all information corresponds to what is documented in the compatibility reference.


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